The Justice Department announced Wednesday it will give up its criminal case against former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, NPR reports.
In May, a deadlocked North Carolina federal jury found Edwards not guilty of one charge of accepting illegal campaign donations. The group couldn’t reach a decision on five other felony charges, including one alleging that Edwards knowingly used $1 million in secret campaign donations from wealthy donors to support his [...]
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A federal judge told jurors on the John Edwards case they must go back to deliberating, just moments after the jury announced it had reached a verdict on one of six counts but deadlocked on the others.
The courtroom was briefly thrown into confusion this afternoon. The parties were called back and told a verdict had been reached, but once in court the foreman informed Judge Catherine [...]
Judge forces jury back for further deliberations after verdict blunter
Jury believed to be deadlocked on five other counts
Defense says verdict for one count should be announced
Want a mistrial on the five other counts
Confusion descended on the North Carolina courthouse today when the jury in John Edwards’ trial announced they had reached their verdict after nine days of deliberations – only to tell the judge they had found a verdict for [...]